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Watch Monty's video guide to planting shrub roses, and pick up tips on planting depth, preventing root rock and deterring aphids.spring or autumnMore advice on caring for rosesAdvice on pruning shrub rosesHow to plant a rose bushPlant a rambling
of them. Bare-root rose plantSpadeForkBamboo caneGranular fertiliser, such as chicken manureDecember - mid-March 20 minutes for each rose June - AugustDig out a hole in the soil to the depth of a garden spade and the same width. Put the soil to one side
Learn how to plant a rose with Monty Don's video advice on how to avoid problems with suckers and root rock.spring or autumnMore advice on growing rosesMonty on pruning shrub rosesPlanting a rose video projectPlanting a rambling rose against a tree
Left unchecked, canker can gradually spread to affect whole branches and sections of trees. Severely-infected old trees may be beyond rescue, while young trees are vulnerable to infection, particularly where other susceptible trees are growing in close proximity. Where trees are ...
Every garden has its fair share of slugs and the bad news is that they are around for most of the year. They're active mostly after dark, especially when it's damp. In hot dry weather they bury themselves to avoid dehydrating.Holes are chewed
.Snails mostly feed at night; mild, damp conditions suiting them best. Go out with a torch and collect them by hand. Either re-home them on a patch of waste ground, well away from your garden as they have a homing instinct, or drop them in a bucket of hot, salty
This fungal problem results in rounded spots on the leaves. Although it's unsightly, leaf spot is only a significant problem on poorly growing or unhealthy plants, which might end up dropping a substantial number of leaves.A fungal attack causes an outbreak of spots on the leaves...
them in summer with a feed containing potash and magnesium, for better blooming. Prevent mildew developing on the foliage by watering regularly, directing your hose or watering can at the base of the plants.Feed and mulchSupport old-fashioned shrub
with gritty loam-based compost and sow the seeds evenly across the surface.Sprinkle a layer of compost over the seeds, water, then stand the pot in a cold frame or sheltered place in the garden. Keep it watered and protect it from birds.AdamMake sure berries
Hardwood cuttings are taken from woody perennials e.g. forsythia, cornus and willow in autumn and winter. They can take several months to produce roots, so leave them for a year before lifting and potting up or transplanting.SecateursSpadeSharp sand or gritHormone rooting powder ...